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Apple Watch Fever

March 10, 2015          

Episode Summary

At Apple’s big unveiling on Monday, we got a better look at the Apple Watch, what the company hopes will be its next category-busting tech product. At the event, Apple also announced HBO NOW, fulfilling the dreams of cord-cutters everywhere; ResearchKit, the open source health study software; and the next generation of its CarPlay system, rolling out with 40 new autos next year. In this episode of The Digital Life, we consider whether Apple has jumped the shark with its new Watch, the implications of CarPlay for the rolling tech boxes that used to be just transportation, and the promise of ResearchKit for the medical research community.

Bull Session

Challenges in Designing for the Patient Experience

January 22, 2015          

Episode Summary

Health is one of just a few universal human needs: From the moment we’re born to the moment we die, our health is at the forefront of our lives. Despite this inherent importance, American healthcare remains woefully out of balance.

We spend too much and get too little for our hard-earned dollars. According to a recent Medicare report, healthcare spending is projected to grow 1.1% faster than the rest of the economy during 2013- 2023, with its share of the GDP rising from 17.2% in 2012 to 19.3% in 2023. What else should we expect from a system that first prioritizes the administrative and business aspects, then clinical care, with the patient experience and patient / provider relationship placing a distant third?

The key to re-balancing the US healthcare delivery system and making progress toward reducing future costs, may lie in better understanding not its administration or even clinical care — while these both are important — but rather, the day-to-day needs of its patients. In this episode of The Digital Life, we dig into some of the challenges in designing for the patient experience.

5 Questions

Open Source, Design, and Health

July 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

Of the many industries on which the open source ethos can have positive effect, healthcare represents one of the most significant, in terms of dollars and overall impact. From citizen science to software to research data, the open source movement is slowly seeping its way into the healthcare realm. But will it really ever have a major influence?

In this episode of The Digital Life, we chat with Dr. Jeffery Belden, the lead author of the open source project “Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians”, an illustrated e-book of design patterns for electronic health records, sponsored by the California Healthcare Foundation and the ONC.

5 Questions

Health Axioms and Designing for Behavior Change

May 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Digital Life, we discuss the Health Axioms card deck and designing for behavior change, with Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin.

The Health Axioms are 32 recommendations that put you in touch with habits to improve your health, life, and well-being. The sometimes surprising, always practical axioms nudge you toward the healthiest life possible. These are one small part of a global movement to shift the health care system to one of: non-invasive personal diagnostics, highly specialized clinicians that work closely with patients and their families, and self-monitoring, self-empowered patients. Getting there is equal parts smart technology, healthcare reform, and everyday common sense.

5 Questions

Design is Medicine

September 16, 2013          

Episode Summary

Healthcare is deadly. As patients and clinicians, we have long passed the threshold of comprehension when it comes to the amount of data and variables that support life-critical decisions. The system needs to be redesigned and re-imagined. True change comes from establishing a vision for healthcare that will modernize how doctors and patients interact with their health data to quantified and measurable medicine.

In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the idea that “Design is Medicine,” with Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin. In his health design practice, Sonin explores how linear-thinking human beings can interpret non-linear, unbalanced health metrics, and how healthcare can be saved through coordination, presentation and design.

Join us as we look at the design, data, and policy challenges, as well as the scary new ideas being invented to solve them, that makes tackling the healthcare problem daunting and exciting.